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How about this? Just a plain ol' "What's happening in my life" entry! Amazing! [Oct. 21st, 2013|10:06 am]
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So, Ferrett's dad was here to visit this weekend, and we spent Saturday at Stan Hywet Hall. We love this place, because in addition to the house they have beautiful gardens, and it's just fun to walk around in them. But not Saturday, because it was POURING rain. Instead, we'd arrived in time to take the "Nooks and Crannies" tour, which tours the service portions of the hall. I love best seeing the "behind the scenes" portion of such places, and we'd never managed to get to that part before. It was an awesome tour. We renewed our membership again this year, and I am determined to get down there more. On Sundays they allow people to walk their dogs in the gardens, so I hope to take Shasta down there and enjoy the gardens with her.

Yesterday Erin came over with a sewing project, so I dug out my sewing machine. When I say that, I really mean it; even though I have that nice sewing area set up in my basement, because I haven't been sewing lately it had become the repository of everything that we wanted out of our living space but didn't have the time to address what to actually do with it. My sewing table was a convenient flat surface on which to dump all that stuff. Now it's all dumped on the cutting table, and I really have to do something about it. I want to get back to quilting soon, and I'm also sick of all the junk in my house. I hate clutter. I don't know how it is that so much accumulates. My basement family room was nice and neat, but it's now a no-man's-land until Erin finally gets that last of her stuff out of there. There isn't even a point in trying to clean it up until her numerous boxes are removed.

All that aside, we had a nice day. I haven't seen much of Erin since she moved, so it was fun to be able to hang out with her. We sewed a cushion slipcover for one of the ottomans she was lent by a friend, and gave the puppy a much needed bath. Then we took the puppy on a long walk and played fetch with her in a big field until we wore her out--not an easy feat with a young dog. She has a lot of energy.

We went to the hibachi steakhouse for dinner last night, at my father-in-law's request, and had a really terrific chef who was a real showman. In addition, the food was amazing--probably the best scallops I've ever eaten. They were tender and sweet and perfectly cooked. After a couple mediocre experience with scallops lately, it really brought home to me why I love them so much.

Now I have a week of ceaseless projects ahead of me. But it's good because I'm making money!!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2013-10-21 02:44 pm (UTC)

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That mansion looks interesting! Our town has a lovely one near us (donated after the last family member passed away in the 60's)and it's often rented out (first floor and grounds) for weddings, which means the upkeep can be paid for!
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-10-21 08:46 pm (UTC)

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The Seiberling children actually donated the house and remaining grounds (much of the grounds had already been donated to form a park) before the last ones moved away. A couple of them continued to live on property for the rest of their lives and enjoyed dropping in on events.

And there were two weddings on the day we were there!
[User Picture]From: ba1126
2013-10-22 01:01 am (UTC)

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Ours was in pretty sad shape and needed a LOT of work!! It was given to the town in the will of the last family member, but hadn't been lived in or cared for for some years!! A group of residents decided to take on the project of raising $$ to fix it! They raised funds by renting the first floor 'parlor' for Scouts and Women's Club meetings, putting the money back into updating the heating system and electricity. They got the Jr. Women's Club to organize an event; local decorators and furniture stores signed up to each take a room and redecorate, then held an Open HOuse for people to view samples of each company's work. It was a win-win! The decorators got to show off their work and more rooms got refurbished!They rent the grounds each Summer for two different Antique auto shows, which brings in more cash! It's been a number of years now and they are working on refurbishing the second and third floors! It's become very popular for weddings, plus they do a "Haunted House" every October, with our high school students doing the haunting!
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-10-22 04:10 pm (UTC)

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Stan Hywet was openable, but only the first floor at first. It is still an ongoing restoration project, and every time we go there we get to see a little more. It's wonderful to experience.
[User Picture]From: ba1126
2013-10-22 04:31 pm (UTC)

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That's great! Maybe you can suggest some of the things that worked for us!!
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-10-22 04:34 pm (UTC)

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They have weddings on property and other special events. I'd love to volunteer down there, but wow, I don't have time!
From: anonymousalex
2013-10-21 06:59 pm (UTC)

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Yay for just having a nice weekend! I did that for the first time in a month or so (business travel, then recovering from business travel), and it was immensely rejuvenating.

-Alex
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2013-10-21 08:46 pm (UTC)

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They are really necessary!